Career Development Opportunities

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Public / Private Sector Opportunities

POSITION: Supervisory Research Entomologist/Ecologist/Supervisory Research Biologist, USDA-ARS

DESCRIPTION: This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Southeast Area, Pollinator Health in Southern Crop Ecosystems Research in Stoneville, MS. In this position, you will provide leadership for a new Research Unit that will focus on how to improve both honey and native bee health as well as improve natural habitat and minimize risk to stressors including pesticides and pests in a way that is beneficial to both beekeepers and farmers.

QUALIFICATIONS: Degree: entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology; or combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major that included course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Additional details in link below.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply online by 08/12/2022 following instructions in the link below.

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: University of Idaho Faculty Cluster Hire in Modeling and Data Science

We are pleased to announce a Faculty Cluster Hire in Modeling and Data Science. The University of Idaho will add up to six faculty at the assistant or associate level. We are looking for outstanding researchers who use diverse modeling skills to address public health challenges along the continuum from pathogen dynamics at the human-wildlife interface, to emerging disease prediction and prevention, to rural health disparities. See link below for further information and application instructions.

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Postdoctoral / Fellowships

POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Mosquito Population Genetics, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station & Yale University

DESCRIPTION: The postdoctoral researcher will lead the effort to characterize the genetic diversity across the ancestral range of Ae. aegypti, address questions of demography and population structure, and identifying putative sources of admixture in the region, using large genomic datasets. Depending on your personal interests and skills, projects on genome evolution, molecular evolution, behavioral genetics and ecological genomics are also possible. This position is available in Summer or early Fall 2022, with a flexible start time. Although this is a joint position between CAES and Yale, appointment will be done through Yale University. Funding is available for two years with a possible extension for up to three years depending on performance and funding. This position is NIH-funded.

QUALIFICATIONS: We seek an independent and motivated candidate with experience in molecular genetics, genomics, nextgeneration sequencing data, and bioinformatics, that will be able to identify new and interesting research directions stemming from these studies. A PhD in evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics, or a related field is required. Background in population genetics and with analysis of large-scale genomic data is needed. Basic molecular biology wet lab skills are desired (DNA extraction, PCR). The applicant should have strong written and oral communication skills, critical thinking and the ability to work independently and in collaboration with others. No previous experience in mosquitoes is required.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Send 1) a cover letter describing your interest and experience, 2) CV, and 3) a list of three references to andrea.gloria-soria@yale.edu. We encourage candidates with backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in STEM to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Additional information about our research can be found at: https://andreagloriasoria.wordpress.com

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POSITION: Vectors & Vector-Borne Disease Pathogens Molecular Inventory (ORISE Fellow) - U.S. Air Force

DESCRIPTION:

  • For this one year project, participant will generate and analyze multiple target sequences from various arthropod disease vectors (ticks, mosquitoes) and vector-borne disease pathogens (viruses, bacteria).
  • Data will be used to evaluate the taxonomic identity and relatedness of our samples to other taxa within their groups, infer the geographic origin of introduced arthropods, and/or attempt to resolve cryptic species diversity (ex. species within the Rhipicephalus sanguineus (brown dog tick) complex).
  • We may also examine genetic diversity, pathogen virulence, associations with host animals or other characteristics of interest using these data, based on applicant interest(s) and quality/quantity of sequence data.
  • Overall sample sizes are small, ranging from four to 40 samples within a group of interest, and sequences generated for some samples may be the first publicly available for specific locations or species, allowing the participant to contribute meaningfully to records of global biodiversity.
  • Challenges for the participant may include low representation of genetic markers in data repositories and less than optimal quality sample DNA/RNA.
  • The molecular marker inventory created for this project will constitute an Air Force installation baseline for these organisms/microorganisms, against which future comparisons can be made across characteristics of interest.

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD or MS in vector biology, molecular biology, ecology, genetics, evolutionary biology, wildlife biology or a related discipline that includes courses in genetics/phylogenetics, population genetics, biodiversity informatics and/or molecular systematics of eukaryotic and/or prokaryotic organisms. Specific experience in nucleotide sequence analyses for phylogenies, inference of geographical origin or similar investigations is highly desirable. Education and/or experience in nucleic acid extractions, PCR methods and amplicon (Sanger) sequencing is required. The successful applicant will have experience using DNASTAR Lasergene, Geneious, MegAlign, ClustalW or similar software to work with nucleotide sequences and perform analyses, and be familiar with data repositories such as GenBank, BOLD Systems and EMBL-EBI.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: This Fellowship is not yet posted in Zintellect, but should be posted by July 2022 – for questions, or to express interest, contact the POC listed below.

Air Force POC: Leah Colton, PhD USAF Medical Entomology Program Manager leah.colton@us.af.mil Phone: 937-938-3078


POSITION: Postdoctoral Scholar, Vector Genetics Lab (VGL) at the University of California, Davis

DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will work on whole-genome sequencing data sets to decipher recent population history and evolution in human malaria parasites and/or Anopheles mosquito vector species.

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in Population Genetics/Genomics, Bioinformatics, or related discipline (theoretical and/or applied). In-depth knowledge of population genetics theory. Demonstrated record of research productivity and publications.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of relevant publications, and contact information for 3 references combined into a single PDF to Gregory Lanzaro (gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu). Open until filled.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Positions in Lyme Disease and Other Tickborne Diseases, Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH

DESCRIPTION: The Lin Laboratory at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health is recruiting postdoctoral fellows to study host-pathogen interactions of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in multi-institutional, collaborative projects. We are particularly interested in defining the mechanisms of transmission and persistence by Lyme disease bacteria and other tickborne pathogens in reservoir animals. Prior experience in tackling the host-pathogen interactions using any of the following approaches are welcome: bacterial genetics, host immune responses, phylogenomics, or vector biology.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Please submit a CV (3 pages or less); a letter summarizing research interests, experience, and goals (1 page or less); and the names and phone numbers/e-mail of three references to: Dr. Yi-Pin Lin Ph.D., Research Scientist IV, E-mail: Yi-Pin.Lin@health.ny.gov

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in the Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program on the biology of arthropods — both insects and related forms — that impact human health. You will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans. The course is appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and will also be useful for students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit Diagnosis and Treatment of Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis


DODD Short Courses

The FMCA’s Dodd Short Courses will be held virtually (Introduction to Mosquito Control course only) January 24th – 28th and in-person (all other courses) January 31st – February 3rd. Online registration deadline is January 21, 2022.

Dodd Short Courses Virtual Dodd Introduction to Mosquito Control


Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
  • Public Health Entomologist (PHE) Certificate - program for pest management professionals who work with pests that pose a health risk

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Entomological Society of America Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career? ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.

Join us in 2021 for a six-month program that will guide you in identifying your current areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Each month of the program will focus on a unique theme in leadership and soft-skill development. Applications for 2021 are now closed.

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EPA Integrated Pest Management Webinars

The EPA Center for Integrated Pest Management hosts a yearly webinar series featuring experts from across the country relaying educational and practical strategies for establishing and improving integrated pest management programs in your facilities and environments.

Upcoming Webinars Previous Webinars


Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.

Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NACCHO’s Practical Guide to Building Local Mosquito Control Capacity

The National Association of County and City Health Officials and its vector control workgroup members identified the need for a focused, practical guide to help local health departments build new local mosquito control programs or enhance existing capabilities in the core competencies.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Online Tick Training Course

The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs.

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Pesticide Safety Education Program, Distance Learning Center

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program (CCE-PSEP), is a federally-mandated program that has been a nationally-recognized leader in pesticide safety education for over 40 years. Their mission is to promote the safe use of pesticides to help reduce risks to applicators, consumers, and the environment. PSEP provides pesticide certification and training throughout New York state and serves as an unbiased source of pesticide information for applicators, researchers and the general public.These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers


American Public Health Association

APHA Jobs


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center


Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site


Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California

MVCAC Jobs & RFPs


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network


New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements


Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

MCE-VBD Jobs PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs WGCVBD Jobs


Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities


Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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We are eager to work with partners in our region to promote opportunities in career development and training in vector-borne disease and public health. If you have an opportunity you would like us to share, please contact us today!